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Poster: mikeproductions Date: Aug 4, 2011 7:18pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: My top 5 list

I like to listen to old time radio with headphones when I go to bed...better than watching tv, since these were made to listen to and not see...plus no bright lights to keep me up! :)

Anyway, here is my top 5 favorite shows!

1. Gunsmoke
2. Night Beat
3. Tales of the Texas Rangers
4. The Six Shooter
5. Fort Laramie

What are your favorite shows?

(one reason I like these the best is because of the good sound quality and easy download....which means I don't have to figure out what type to download)

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Poster: qrper Date: Aug 6, 2011 5:23pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

Nice selection. Sure difficult to pick five, but here are mine, not necessarily in order:

1) Chase and Sanborn Hour
2) Our Miss Brooks
3) Lum and Abner
4) Halls of Ivy
5) Sherlock Holmes

I considered your listening environment but would not want stressful programs in my ears when trying to doze off. So my favorite "scary" or "adventure" programs would be enjoyed earlier in the evening. I choose the above five for calm end of day listening. There are other suitable programs not mentioned.

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Poster: R Pal Date: Aug 7, 2011 3:42am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

Thanks for the lists. I live in Bob & Ray land and I was unaware of the very nice Chase and Sanborn show. The previously posted lists include my favorites, but Frontier Gentleman and Yours Truly Jonny Dollar would be number 6 and 7.

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Poster: Mike Grasse Date: Dec 10, 2011 12:08pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

I, too, listen with headphones in bed. My top five in no particular order:

1. Dragnet
2. Jack Benny
3. Challenge of the Yukon (Sergeant Preston)
4. Bold Venture
5. Sherlock Holmes

There are many more.

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Poster: Lum Edwards Date: Aug 7, 2011 8:38am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

1. Lum and Abner
2. The Clock
3. The Great Gildersleeve/ Fibber Mcgee and Molly
4. Dragnet
5. Suspense

GunSmoke and Father Knows Best would rotate in and out of the top 5.

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Poster: PDGazette Date: Aug 7, 2011 3:09pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

Lux Theater
Jack Benny
Fred Allen
X Minus One
The Big Show

Shows I wish there were more episodes of
Candy Matson
Beulah (Hattie McDaniel eps only)
Big Show
Magnificent Montague
Father Knows Best


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Poster: drspark61 Date: Aug 17, 2011 10:59pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

Ones I like that haven't been mentioned (and are still available here):

Voyage of the Scarlet Queen
Theater Five

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Poster: Scott Bot Date: Aug 7, 2011 5:53am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

I love all the shows on this list, but if I had to choose five shows, these are the ones I would pick (based on the fact that I can listen to them over and over and not get tired of them):

Lum and Abner
The Couple Next Door
Jerry of the Circus/Jerry at Fair Oaks
Fire Fighters
Superman

There are probably dozens I could add to this list, but these are the ones that wind up on regular rotation on my MP3 player during my commute.

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Poster: Poe1809 Date: Aug 9, 2011 7:23am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

That's a tough question. I think I'd have to go with
1. This is War
2. Lights Out
3. Hermit's Cave/Witch's Tale
4. Inner Sanctum
5. Superman,

although I'm really not confident in that. I leave out all of the other WWII propaganda shows, other programs like Sealed Book and Hall of Fantasy, and mysteries like Box 13 that are perpetually swimming around in the 8GB of my MP3 player.

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Poster: couchpotato Date: Aug 9, 2011 10:08pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

#1: The Whistler
#2: The Inner Sanctum
#3: Suspense
#4: Fibber McGee & Molly
#5: The Jack Benny Show
and so many others......

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Poster: mikeproductions Date: Aug 13, 2011 2:10pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

Thanks for everyone's response, I will have to check out some of those on your lists!

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Sep 3, 2011 9:49am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

Night Beat (starring Frank Lovejoy) is my favorite. You need to check out the 5-part Johnny Dollar episodes starring Bob Bailey.

For comedy, I recommend "Life of Riley". Also "Vic and Sade", but don't be discouraged if you don't like it immediately. When I first listened to it, I thought it was as dull as dishwater, but after I got to know the characters it was great. The author of the scripts has been called the Mark Twain of the 20th century, and two books containing scripts of the show have been published.

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Poster: mikeproductions Date: Sep 4, 2011 8:44pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

I wish there were so many more Night Beat... clever writing and interesting statements like:

"night time is like a thief, it steals the daytime colors"

Not the exact words, but you get the drift :)

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Poster: OTR Veteran Date: Sep 14, 2011 11:32am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

I Was a Communist for the FBI
Let George Do It
Adventures of the Abbotts
Amos and Andy
Our Miss Brooks

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Poster: CalvinMoore Date: Sep 3, 2011 8:17pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

I really suprised no one's mentioned Richard Diamond, Private Detective yet. Especially the sustained shows. The commercials messed up the flow of the show.

As for my top 5
1. Meet The Press (news junkie)
2. Richard Diamond, Private Detective
3. Gunsmoke
4. Dragnet
5. Let George Do It

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Poster: R Pal Date: Sep 4, 2011 5:09am
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

Keeping the commercials in place for historic accuracy is often argued. For an Internet Archive collection standpoint, that is best. It was interesting to hear the number of participating Clipper Craft stores climb over the years, but I would prefer not to hear any more about the Petrie wine company passing “from father to son” every 12 minutes.
I edit some shows and remove the commercials for my own use. There probably are other OTR people who have similarly edited or corrected their copies to enhance or ‘improve’ the listening experience. Perhaps a collection page of these OTR shows on the IA would be worthwhile.

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Poster: AcworthAL Date: Aug 7, 2011 2:14pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

My bedtime choice of late has been (Helps my mind from racing about work related issues!) The Couple Next Door, this show is brilliant. But past favorites are Gunsmoke, Dragnet, Great Gildersleeve, Our Miss Brooks and The Shadow.

Thanks for Posting everybody. Does anyone have a choice that may not be super well known?

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Poster: mikeproductions Date: Sep 28, 2011 7:03pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

I just started to listen to The Couple Next Door and I am now hooked. Thanks for that suggestion, I still have to try some of the other picks people have listed.

Thanks everyone!

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Poster: Lum Edwards Date: Aug 7, 2011 3:44pm
Forum: oldtimeradio Subject: Re: My top 5 list

>>>Does anyone have a choice that may not be super well known?<<<


http://www.archive.org/details/SmithsOfHollywood

http://www.archive.org/details/The_Jack_Webb_Show